Am reading the Hundred Year Old Man - Should I keep going or give up

(32 Posts)
Picturesinthefirelight Mon 01-Apr-13 17:07:41

I'm about half way through and so far it's a load if far fetched nonsense with unlike able characters and ridiculous deaths for the sake if it.

Yet it's had rave reviews including book of the year

Your summary is correct. It doesn't get any better. I bought it for 20p on the Kindle, but it wasn't even worth that. Give up - I wish I had.

I'm half way through it too and have pretty much given up now. I stopped reading a couple of weeks ago and haven't bothered since. I did hear great things about it so its a shame really.

badguider Mon 01-Apr-13 17:17:53

I thought it was ok but not great. It doesn't get any better or different in the second half - just continues in the same vein both the "present" story and the "past" historical ones.

DuchessofMalfi Mon 01-Apr-13 17:19:37

I thought it was very funny, but it is a book that divides opinion. It is silly, and far-fetched and everything else you say Pictures but that's why I liked it. It appealed to my sense of humour. Totally daft story, but if you're not enjoying it stop, because it won't get any better for you. Move on to a different book. Life's too short to read books you don't enjoy smile

tethersend Mon 01-Apr-13 17:20:18

Give up, it's insufferably smug.

Might make a good film though.

Picturesinthefirelight Mon 01-Apr-13 17:36:26

I got it from the library so at least I didn't buy it. Am on holiday with limited British books. Will go on to my mumsnet book club one then.

This doesn't appeal to my sense if humour at all but I very very rarely don't finish a book I've started.

I have it to read next, maybe I'll not bother.

TheImpossibleAstronaut Mon 01-Apr-13 19:55:39

I wish I had given it up. I kept hoping it would get better because there were so many rave reviews but it never did.

LordEmsworth Mon 01-Apr-13 21:13:30

I actually enjoyed it, which I was surprised by - but no it doesn't get "better" so if I were you, I'd give up!

KittiesInsane Mon 01-Apr-13 21:16:29

I thought the same, Tethers. It could be a good spoof film along the same lines as Kind Hearts and Coronets.

Schooldidi Mon 01-Apr-13 21:20:52

I quite enjoyed it. I suppose I have the right sense of humour for it, I found it very funny that things just kept happening by accident rather than design.

I don't think it would appeal to everyone though, so if it's not really grabbing you, give up. I very rarely waste time on books that just aren't doing it for me, there are far too many books to be read to waste time on ones you aren't enjoying.

Trills Mon 01-Apr-13 21:24:33

I thought it was amusing.

A bit like Forrest Gump getting accidentally involved in all sorts of large historic events.

babybythesea Tue 02-Apr-13 19:17:03

Trills - that's exactly what came to mind when I read it!

Only I didn't like it.

If you want an accidental road trip book then the Unlikely Pilgramage of Harold Fry is loads loads better.

I thought the 100 year old man was boring - I did finish it but really shouldn't have bothered.

montage Tue 02-Apr-13 19:23:39

It would make a very good movie yes!

I enjoyed it but if it's not your style why continue. The daftness will not abate - it gets more outlandish as it goes on really.

IThinkOfHappyWhenIThinkOfYou Tue 02-Apr-13 19:25:37

I gave up at about half way and I never give up. It was a book club book and those who ploughed ahead said the quitters did the right thing.

Roseformeplease England Tue 02-Apr-13 19:30:17

I loved it.

BOEUF Tue 02-Apr-13 19:33:07

I loved it too. But I enjoy reading 20th century history, so I found lots of those passages funny and clever.

Life's too short to struggle with a book you aren't enjoying- just move onto something else.

PlasticLentilWeaver Tue 02-Apr-13 19:49:23

I loved it. But I think it definitely depends on your sense of humour. I agree with the Forrest Gump comparison, which I think is why people reckon it would be a good film.

ggirl Tue 02-Apr-13 19:51:37

I gave up at 60% , didn't float my boat...and yes life's too short

Picturesinthefirelight Wed 03-Apr-13 00:50:12

I didn't have a clue about the historical bits. I did finish it bybthecway but thought it was rubbish.

I've read Hariold Fry - enjoyed that one.

Sparkley84 Wed 03-Apr-13 12:59:12

I agree with most other people here - it doesn't get any better! I persevered to the end but skipped most of the chapters set in the past.

MirandaWest Wed 03-Apr-13 13:03:18

I loved it smile not sure why but I did. Agree it was quite Forest Gump like in places.

Lucyellensmum95 Wed 03-Apr-13 13:05:49

I loved it, it was mental i didn't particularly like the characters though, apart from "einstein"

Lucyellensmum95 Wed 03-Apr-13 13:09:05

It does get more and more "out there" as it goes on though smile You just have to suspend your disbeif. I liked it because it was silly and just as you thought, ah, he isn't gonna get out of this one - so his old pal "mao tse tung/Richard Nixon/James bond" turns up. I was sad when i finished it and haven't been able to find anything decent to read yet so am having another go at "the idiot" by dostoyeski - which is a bit of a jump!

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